“If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” goes the famous song about New York City. Is there a place — a city, a school, a company — about which you think (or thought) the same?The prompt jumped out at me because while I don't have a specific place in mind that I want to go to, the though of leaving Portland, Maine has been on my mind a lot lately. There are many reasons for my thoughts to turn this way.
I am about a year away from finishing my bachelors degree and I have been giving thought to whether or not I want to go to graduate school. I've been browsing schools and while I've not yet decided if I want to continue on to the next level, I do know that if I choose to do so it isn't likely to be here in Maine.
I've lived in Portland for nearly 20 years. I love this city with a good chunk of my heart. It has become my adopted hometown. The people I have know for the longest and who are my dearest friends all live here. It has been my creative incubator and my personal testing ground. It has however changed greatly and while I will always love this city, I do often think it might be nice to get to know another place as well as I know this one.
There is a HUGE world out there that I have yet to explore. I took my first traveling vacation in nearly four years a couple of weeks ago and it served as a great reminder of how much I have not seen. When I was younger I wanted to be a world traveler. I don't need to move to explore the world, but if I do begin to do so, it's quite possible I'll fall in love with someplace else.
I do believe that I can make it pretty much anywhere. I've always managed to fall in love with the places I visit and the places I have lived. I am not sure what my future holds when I finish school in just over a year, but I won't be surprised if that future takes place in a land far from here.